Category ART & DESIGN

Pavegen unveils world’s first energy-harvesting smart street in London

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An underutilized path in London’s West End has been transformed into the world’s first energy-harvesting smart street – complete with Pavegen‘s power-generating pavement. Walkers traversing Bird Street can connect to an app and see how much electricity their footsteps generated.


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Artist creates life-sized replica of Parthenon using 100,000 banned books

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Argentine artist Marta Minujín has created a life-sized replica of the Parthenon using 100,000 banned books from around the world. The massive book art installation is a replica of the famous Greek temple where democracy was born. However, the location of the ambitious project is more than just a symbolic statement – its located on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, Germany where over 2,000 books were burned in one day by Nazis in 1933.

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100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs

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An off-grid Spanish winery is harnessing the full power of the sun to ripen grapes and turn the fruit into wine. Local studio Munarq Arquitectes designed Son Juliana’s winery that’s entirely powered by renewable energy on the Spanish island of Majorca. The low-lying, prefabricated concrete structure was built in just 15 days and uses natural materials to blend into its surroundings.

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World’s first MUJI hotels to open in China and Japan

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If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping in a MUJI showroom, your retail wishes may soon become reality. The Japanese lifestyle brand is building their first-ever MUJI hotels in China and Japan designed in their beloved minimalist style. The hotels are planned for the cities of Shenzhen and Tokyo, with the first hotel expected to open in former later this year.

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A spiraling wood staircase sits at the heart of this wondrous Tbilisi library

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Laboratory of Architecture #3 has just opened a stunning public library whose design was inspired by playground slides. Located in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Mediathek Library’s rectangular shape “floats” off the ground while a large open-air staircase winds around the building’s interior courtyard, giving children plenty of room to run, play and read away from the industrial areas in the neighborhood.


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